This week, the federal government passed the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting worker entitlements) Bill 2023 in parliament.
The bill makes several changes aimed at improving the workplace relations framework, including the following amendments:
- Inserting the right to superannuation in the National Employment Standards (NES).
- Improving unpaid parental leave rights by expanding the number of flexible parental leave days from 30 to 100 days and improve flexibility on how they can be taken and shared between parents.
- Making clear that the Fair Work Act protections apply to temporary migrant workers and providing casual workers in the black coal mining industry with the same access to long service leave as permanent workers.